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In Topic: What to do when citation URLs change?

21 September 2020 - 11:22 AM

In general I don’t save URLs for my source information for reasons as Jerry points out.


I always find a way to capture an image or copy of the source material from the site and add-it to my database.  Anything other than that runs the risk of not being supported in the future.

In Topic: Recording boarding students in Census fact types

15 September 2020 - 06:20 PM

I create a census fact for every individual, no shared facts.  I create one census source (master source) for each location if the census was conducted by a different entity, other wise one source record is created.  Then I create an individual source citation for each fact that identifies the page and line of the census used.


Sometimes censuses are conducted by jurisdictions that are not national and therefore different master sources.

In Topic: RM field size/limits vs GEDCOM

11 September 2020 - 11:09 AM

CONC and CONT are not valid GEDCOM following an “Attribute” fact description!


What kind of information gets placed in the Attribute Fact Description?  Normally, from a GEDCOM viewpoint these data-points would Contain only a one word or a short sentence answering the fact, i.e. OCCUPATION = Type of occupation, SSN = the number, Possession = list of stuff.


Other information in a GEDCOM should either be put in a Note Field ( you can have more than one in GEDCOM) or is part of text or notes from the source or SourceCitation.


I realize this not what RM does but GEDCOM has other places for data, but not for sentences other than source text or notes.

In Topic: RM field size/limits vs GEDCOM

10 September 2020 - 05:29 PM

I would not worry too much about an occupation exceeding 90 characters as input to another program via GEDCOM so long as it does not exceed 248 characters (255 - 7).  Because the occupation value can only be on one line.  The GEDCOM Standard says:  

The total length of a GEDCOM line, including level number, cross-reference number, tag, value, delimiters, and terminator, must not exceed 255 (wide) characters.

In Topic: RM field size/limits vs GEDCOM

10 September 2020 - 05:18 PM

Their would be no technical limit in GEDCOM for a NOTE.